Presidential commission on BP oil spill begins work in New Orleans Monday

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The BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission will hold its first public hearings in New Orleans starting Monday.

The seven member panel was created by President Barack Obama and is co-chaired by former Forida Democratic Senator Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency Director William Reilly.

The purpose of the commission, according to its website, is “to provide recommendations on how we can prevent — and mitigate the impact of — any future spills that result from offshore drilling.”

Monday’s hearing will mainly be a status report from Coast Guard and BP representatives about the progress and challenges of the cleanup and containment efforts that have dragged on for nearly three months.

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